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Niners Blanked at Home by Tampa Bay 21-0

From: Sports Network

Josh Freeman threw for 136 yards on 13- of-20 passing with two touchdowns and Cadillac Williams ran for a score as Tampa Bay handled San Francisco, 21-0, at Candlestick Park.

Williams ran for 51 yards on seven carries and LeGarrette Blount rushed for 82 yards on 26 carries to lead the Buccaneers (7-3), who have won four of five on the road this season.

“It was a solid victory against a very talented football team,” Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris said. “These guys are playing great. Stats are for losers. We don’t deal with that. We deal with playing hard, playing smart and playing consistent.”

Troy Smith threw for 148 yards on 16-of-31 attempts, threw an interception and was sacked six times for the 49ers (3-7), who had won two straight.

Smith added 45 yards rushing and Josh Morgan caught four passes for 51 yards in defeat.

Frank Gore, who entered Sunday averaging better than 86 yards per game, was held to 23 yards on 12 carries.

After trading punts for most of the first quarter, Tampa Bay got the ball back with 1:33 left in the quarter and extended a drive into the opening minutes of the second.

Freeman led the charge down to the San Francisco six-yard line, where Williams capped the 14-play, 80-yard drive with a short punch up the middle for the score.

The Buccaneers attempted to extend their lead to 10 with under 5 1/2 left in the third, but after working the ball down to the 49ers’ 23, Connor Barth’s field goal went wide left.

San Francisco was forced to punt, and Tampa Bay got the ball back at its own 34. Freeman connected with Mike Williams on first down with a 33-yard pass, and on second down, Blount took a run up the middle and jumped over a 49ers defender to gain extra yards, bringing the ball down to the San Francisco 17.

A run from Blount and a short reception from Cadillac Williams got the ball down to the eight, and Freeman again went to Mike Williams for a short strike in the right corner of the end zone, putting the Buccaneers up 14-0 in the final minute of the third.

The score capped the five-play, 66-yard drive that took just under three minutes.

With just over 10 1/2 minutes left in the fourth, Smith, after scrambling to gain six, threw a pick on an intended pass to Morgan that was grabbed by Ronde Barber. Barber returned the ball 29 yards to the 49ers’ seven.

On 3rd-and-goal from the one, Freeman used a pass to offensive tackle Donald Penn to put Tampa Bay up 21 with 8:18 remaining.

San Francisco was unable to mount a serious offensive drive down the stretch.

“Obviously this is a big setback,” 49ers head coach Mike Singletary said. “We expected to come out and play well and we did not. We have to get back and watch film and look at things we need to do and correct.”

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